How to Calm Dog Down

How to Calm Dog Down

Do you have a dog that just won’t settle down?

 

and its driving you crazy with its “bad” behaviors? Is your dog driving you crazy

Barking too much, chewing the furniture, jumping up on you, fearful of loud noises…thunderstorms and fireworks causing it to shake in fear and cling to you like glue?

Sound Familiar to You?

Well, I thought I’d share some tips with you that you can try that may help stop these behaviors. Hopefully, your dog doesn’t do all of the ones I listed above, but maybe it does.

Or, maybe it has behaviors such as pacing back and forth, aggression, or separation anxiety. These are all signs of a dog that is NOT in a relaxed state.

So, What Can You Do to Help your dog?

Tips to Help Your Dog Relax

  • You must remain calm
  • Daily exercise
  • Playtime
  • Mental stimulation
  • Counter Conditioning–gradually teaching a dog not to be afraid of things
  • Massage for your dog
  • Crate training
  • Thundershirt
  • D.A.P. (dog appeasing pheromone) collars
  • Composure treats
  • Rescue Pet Remedy

Why Remaining Calm Helps Your Dog Relax

First of all, one of the main things dogs pick up on is your attitude…

Yes, YOUR attitude!

and if you’re impatient, frustrated, and angry chances are you’re not going to accomplish having a very relaxed dog.

After all, dogs are masters of body language and picking up your true feelings not only in the tone of voice you’re using, but your body language too. So, please be aware of how your own mood is before attempting to teach your dog anything…it learns a lot from you whether you realize it or not.

Stay in a positive happy mood…you don’t need to yell or hit your dog! These things only make it worse…

I mean, how would you feel if someone is yelling orders or even worse, hitting you if you didn’t get it right the first time? It takes time to teach a dog, some longer than others.

So, be patient and relax!

Keep Calm with Your Dog

Dogs learn much faster by using positive reinforcement…reward them with praise, gentle petting, toys, or treats they love every time they do something you want them to do.

But, what do you do when your dog is doing something bad?

Do Nothing and Ignore it until it stops…as long as it’s not hurting anyone or itself though. Then, depending on the situation, you need to do something of course.

But, for example, if your dog is jumping up on you, turn your back to it and don’t say a word…

by reacting to it and yelling and pushing it away you’re just asking for more! Your dog loves attention and it’ll get it one way or another from you whether it’s in the form of yelling or not, it doesn’t care! It just wants attention because it’s so happy to see you and wants to play.

So, if you push at your dog and yell…well, that’s a fun game for them, but not for you.

What you want to do is teach your dog that it is GOOD to be calm and relaxed. Whenever it’s behaving the way you want it to such as laying quietly by your feet, reward it with a favorite treat.

The video below from Kikopup, explains this quite well, if you’d like an example on how to do this…

How to Teach Your Dog to Be Calm Video…Capturing Calmness

Daily Exercise & Playtime

Exercise is a great way to burn off some of that excess energy for your dog. Plus, it’ll keep it healthier in the long run. Taking your dog for at least a daily walk is a great way for both of you to stay in better shape, burn some calories, and enjoy the outdoors.

It won’t hurt to take a break out of your day and go for at least a 20-minute walk with your dog…trust me, you’ll feel so much better when you get out there! However, walking isn’t the only way you can exercise your dog…playing fetch or frisbee are also great ways to get its exercise too.

Dogs love spending time with their people!

Even if you have a fenced in yard, your dog probably isn’t going to run around enough on its own to get the proper exercise it needs to wear off its excess energy. Especially if you have a breed of dog that is known to be more hyper or energetic.

Mental Stimulation

Dogs do get bored!

And, a bored, but energetic dog is never a good thing!

It’ll find something to do if you’re not paying attention…chewing on the furniture or your shoes, digging holes in the yard, barking at everything, and sometimes just plain old bugging you!

C’mon! You know what I mean….your dog keeps pawing at you, scratching your leg or arm to bits, or maybe it’s just sitting there…

staring at you…boring holes into you with its eyes til you can’t stand it anymore!

Well, if that’s the case, by all means give it something to do!

A good way to keep them mentally stimulated is do a bit of training every day. Teaching them new things or working on training will help. Train them to sit, lay down, come when called, and stay are all ones that are important for all dogs to learn.

There are also many other things you can teach them once they get these basic ones accomplished. However, it’s always good to refresh their memory and go over the basics once in awhile.

Toys to Keep Your Dog Busy

You can also buy toys for your dog that will make it work at getting a reward. Toys such as the fillable Kongs or interactive puzzle toys are great ones to keep your dog busy for awhile. Plus, it’ll give them something to gnaw on, which should also help satisfy their natural urge to chew.

Counter Conditioning

No, I’m not talking about some treatment for your counter tops…

Counter conditioning your dog basically means using positive reinforcement to teach your dog that something its fearful of such as loud noises…

things like thunderstorms or fireworks

actually won’t hurt them at all and nothing bad will happen to them…and not only that, but they’ll have only good things happening to them during these times.

What Can You Use as Positive Reinforcement When Counter Conditioning Your Dog?

  • Massage – use gently, circular motion
  • Treats or Toys – give treats they really love such as cooked pieces of chicken or beef or even a fillable toy
  • Exercise
  • Proper Crate Training

Massage

Giving your dog a gentle massage, talking soothingly, playing soft music, running a fan or other source of white noise are all ways to keep your dog calm during these times.

Treats & Toys

Giving your dog a treat filled toy may also help keep its mind off the noise. Fill it with something it REALLY loves though…not something that it doesn’t care all that much about. Small bits of cooked chicken or beef, or peanut butter mixed with kibble usually work well for most dogs. However, all dogs are different, so use what works for your dog the best.

You might also benefit by exercising your dog before any expected event that may cause your dog’s anxiety levels to go through the roof. Going for a nice, calm walk 30 minutes or so prior will often tire it out a bit so it won’t be as reactive to the situation. Of course, that only works if you know when things may begin getting noisy.

Proper Crate Training

Crate training is another way that helps some dogs to ride out the storm so to speak. Some dogs feel safer in a confined space and if you’ve properly crate trained your dog already then having it go in its crate may help keep it calm til the noise has passed. Playing soft music or running a fan will help block the noise too. All dogs are different, so some methods may work on some dogs and some may not.

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What Causes a Dog to Start Doing Bad Behaviors?

Well, there’s usually a reason a dog starts having bad behavior. No, they don’t mean to do things just to drive us crazy….

Yeah, go ahead and admit it…your dog drives you crazy sometimes right?

It’s got you scratching your head in frustration, wondering where you went wrong…

I get it…don’t feel bad, we all have those moments when we don’t know why they’re doing what they do. But, in order to solve the problem you need to watch your dog…see what sets off the behavior you don’t want it doing.

Is it just bored? Or, does it have an anxiety issue causing it to misbehave? Does your dog do this behavior only when its left home alone or does it do it anyway, whether someone is home or not?

Although your dog can’t talk, it’s trying to tell you something. Listen to your dog by watching it’s actions and body language. Take note of how it appears to feel…does it look anxious, relaxed, angry, etc?

For example, all four of our dogs do the same thing when they need to go out…they’ll appear restless, not angry or fearful, and go towards the door and then come back to look at me usually…since I’m the one that always takes them outside. When I see this, I know they gotta go!

If I happen to not notice, one of our dogs, Jade, will actually go and jingle the bell we have hanging off our door, which is funny since I never actually tried to teach her that! But, good idea…it gets my attention when its slipping!

Another example with our dogs, is if they’re running for the door in an excited state and barking, I know someone is out there…either in our yard or driveway. Or, yet another one, is if they go towards the kitchen, come back and stare, then go back in the kitchen…they keep doing this until I follow along and then they stop at the water dish and stare at it.

Well, sometimes it’s still pretty full, but not too fresh….so, our spoiled dogs want fresh water! They’ll look at the dish, look at me, look at the sink, look at the dish, then me and on it goes, lol! All with a happy, but hopeful and pleading look in their eye….Okay, already, I’ll get you fresh water!

Now, that I just don’t quite get…they go outside and drink out of a mud puddle or sometimes the bigger two will drink out of the toilet if they get the chance…blech! But, when it comes to the water bowl it’s gotta be fresh, cold, and clean!

Anyways…

Figuring out what triggers your dog’s behavior is the key to so many behavior issues!

What do you notice your dog doing? What kind of things have you found helpful for calming your dog? I’d love to hear from you…

Please leave any comments, suggestions, or questions in the comment box below…or, fill out my contact page and I’ll get back to you asap.

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I hope you found this helpful and if you liked it, found it helpful, or think someone else would find this helpful, please share it!

Thanks so much for reading! May you and your furry friend have an awesome day!

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How to Stop a Dog Chewing Does Bitter Apple Spray Work

How to Stop a Dog Chewing – Does Bitter Apple Spray Work?

Is your dog chewing on everything in sight?

                            As soon as you turn around, it’s chewing on something again….

So, how do you stop a dog from chewing things up like this?

You’ve tried giving your dog something that it CAN chew on, but it’s still not working…it’s still chewing on your furniture, shoes, cords, and everything it can get it’s paws on…and, you’re not sure what will help put a stop to this anymore…

If your furry friend is changing into a destructive fiend bent on chewing everything to tiny pieces, which you’re left picking up day after day….

Don’t give up hope just yet…there’s still a few things you can try!

Ever heard of the bitter apple sprays? Do they actually work?

Well, I’d like to share what I’ve learned after researching a few different brands and what other dog owners have to say about them…so far I haven’t yet had to resort to using these, but I’d give them a try if my dogs were chewing on everything. Much cheaper than buying new furniture and running the risk of chewed electrical cords…

So, on to what I’ve found that could work for your dog…

Reviews of Anti-chew sprays
(Click the links below to skip to each review)

Grannick’s Bitter Apple Dog Chew Deterrent

Anti-Chew Dog Repellent Spray

Chewfix Extra Strength Anti-Chew Spray

*Ratings are based on what I found at Amazon at the time of writing these reviews. *(Updated: 7-13-2017)

**Please note: Not all things will work for all dogs…like people, every dog is different…different personality, breed, condition/health, temperament, etc. may affect how well or not something will work…so, it’s up to you to choose what you believe is best for your dog based on what you observe and know about your dog. These are just suggestions you might want to try with your dog that may help…if you do try any of these please read all the labels and directions before use. **



Grannick’s Bitter Apple Dog Chew Deterrent

 

Grannicks bitter apple spray

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Product: Grannick’s Bitter Apple Dog Chew Deterrent, 32-ounce, by Grannick’s Bitter Apple
List Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $16.54 (*Save $8.45)
Size: 32-ounces
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (*268 reviews at this time on Amazon)
Place to Buy: Amazon

Pros: This bitter-tasting anti-chew formula does appear to work for many dogs and can be used on furniture, shoes, fur, bandages, cords, etc. It’s an easy to apply, non-toxic formula that is NOT supposed to stain fabrics, painted or varnished woodwork.

This bitter apple  is safe to use on bandages too. So, if your dog has any kind of wound or sore that needs to heal, but your dog is too busy picking at the bandages or dressing to give it a chance to heal over then this might just do the trick!

Cons: This anti-chew product may need to be frequently reapplied to surfaces…possibly every few days or so according to some of the reviews I read. Plus, some dog owners that tried this with their dog found that it didn’t work…instead, their dogs actually liked the taste rather than avoided it.

Another thing about this bitter apple formula that I noted is that it may cause leather to change color…so, you might want to test a small area that won’t be too noticeable before using it all over your brand new leather couch.

My Recommendation: If you’ve never tried Grannick’s Bitter Apple before, I’d definitely recommend at least giving it a try with a smaller size bottle. That way you can give it a try to see how it works for your dog or not. Since it’s been around awhile and is non-toxic, plus there’s so many other dog owners that swear by it…well, why not?

*Want to order one for your dog? Just click the link below…

>> Grannicks Bitter Apple Dog Chew Deterrent, 32-Ounce<<



Anti-Chew Dog Repellent Spray

 

Anti Chew Dog Repellent Natural Rapport

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Product: Anti-Chew Dog Repellent Spray by Natural Rapport
List Price: $19.95
Sale Price: $13.95 (*Save $6.00)
Size: 9.6 ounces
Rating: 3.2 out of 5 (*157 reviews at this time at Amazon)
Place to Buy: Amazon

Pros: Uses all natural ingredients and NO harmful alcohol. This anti-chew spray can be used to repel both dogs and cats from chewing on furniture, shoes, cords, rugs, and even your live house plants. This spray can be used on plants since there isn’t any alcohol it this one, unlike many of the other sprays out there.

According to others who’ve tried this on their dogs, this product by Natural Rapport worked very well compared to other sprays they tried and although it doesn’t state whether or not it can be used on your actual dog such as on its fur to keep it from biting and chewing at certain areas or wounds, I did find through reading the reviews there that yes, you can spray it on your actual dog.

This dog owner contacted the manufacturer of this anti-chew spray to ask whether she could use it on her dog’s paws to stop it from constantly biting and chewing its nails. Apparently, the answer was yes, and the dog owner went ahead and sprayed her dog’s paws/nails with it…the result was the dog stopped doing this behavior.

Cons: Although this spray worked very well for many dog owners, there were also quite a few others that stated it didn’t work at all. Another issue that was brought up is the fact that there isn’t an actual ingredients list on the bottle, nor one on their website either. So, although the ingredients are supposed to be “natural” people can’t find out what exactly this product contains. One other dog owner also had a complaint about the spray being hard to wash off hands and it was irritating to the eyes and throat when it was sprayed on objects.

My Recommendation: I’d give this Anti-Chew Dog Repellent spray a try since it would be great to be able to spray any house plants that may be within the dog’s reach. I’ve unfortunately had that happen before with one of my huge house plants, (about three to four feet tall huge)…well, when I got home it no longer existed except in itty-bitty pieces.

I’d had this plant since I was a kid and after all those years it was gone in a few hours, so yeah, I was a bit upset. But, I was also grateful the dogs didn’t get sick or even have a fatal reaction to chewing up this plant…I had no idea what kind of plant this was, but I do know some plants are toxic, even deadly to dogs.

So, if I should be so lucky as to have another plant grow that big, I’d definitely be giving this spray a try. Plus, it appeared to work well on other things too according to many of the dog owners that have already tried this product.

*Want to give this one a try? You can order one for your dog now, just click the link below!

>>Order Anti Chew Dog Repellent Spray – Stops Destructive Chewing<<



Chewfix Extra Strength Bitter Spray

 

Chewfix Anti-Chew Repellent Bitter Spray 32 ozProduct: Professional Strength Pet Anti-Chew Repellent-Chewfix Bitter Spray by Barker & Pooch
List Price: $39.99 Sale: $19.99 (50% off)
Size: 32 ounces
Rating:  3.5 out of 5 (*646 Reviews at this time at Amazon)
Place to Buy: Amazon

Pros: The Chewfix Bitter Spray deters not only dogs but also cats and horses from chewing too. This can be sprayed on furniture, wood, fabric, walls, blinds, curtains, plants, electrical cords, and even your pet itself. Contains NO Alcohol. Can be safely used directly on top of topical medication to keep dogs from chewing and licking at sore areas such as hot spots and surgical sites to prevent further damage to their skin/fur and to keep them from accidentally re-opening a wound or stitches according to others that have tried this anti-chew spray. Another plus, that I find is that it’s made in the U.S.A. and has a 365-day money back guarantee.

Ingredients

Water, Bittering Agent and Citric Acid

*I haven’t tried this spray yet myself since I haven’t had any need for a anti-chew spray lately with our dogs, but according to many that have used it, they found it stopped their dogs unwanted chewing behaviors as long as they kept re-applying it to the areas the dog was likely to chew. And, for some, it took only a few times until their dog or cat learned not to chew on the things that Chewfix was applied to and now don’t need to apply it anymore.

Cons: Extremely bitter tasting, so be careful on how you use it! There were quite a few that mentioned after spraying items with the Chewfix anti-chew spray they ended up with a bitter taste in their own mouths. Another drawback was that some got it on their hands after touching things that were still a bit wet from the spray and also got the bitter taste in their mouth or on their lips not realizing it until it was too late.

As always, not all products will work the same for all dogs or cats….or probably horses either. Some have different tastes or maybe aren’t very sensitive to bitter tastes, so although it works great for some, it doesn’t work on ALL dogs, cats, and horses.

My Recommendation: .Since the Chewfix has a 365-day money back guarantee and is safe to use on any type of surface, even safe enough to use on the pet directly, I’d definitely give this one a try. Much better to try it than have the dog, cat, or even your horse chewing on everything.

Another thing I’d recommend to do for using this product is to spray it into a cloth or a cotton ball instead of spraying directly on something. This seemed to help those that use this spray from getting the bitter taste in the air and then into their noses or mouths. I’d also recommend if you use it on furniture to wait until it’s completely dry before sitting on it and make sure to wash your hands after using the spray! Another measure of precaution is I’d probably use some disposable gloves to avoid getting it on the hands in the first place.

>>Click here to Order: Chewfix Extra Strength Bitter Spray, 32 oz<<

If one of these products doesn’t work out as planned, I’d then try one of the other two, but I do also wonder why the Anti-Chew Dog Repellent spray by Natural Rapport doesn’t list its ingredients anywhere, which makes me a bit concerned as to what exactly are the “natural” ingredients in there.

Well that’s it for now….

I hope you found these reviews helpful and if your dog is chewing up everything in your house I do hope you find the solution that works for your dog…

Have you ever tried any of these products with your dog? I’d love to know what you thought of them…and, if you have any other suggestions I’d love to hear about them too! Please feel free to comment in the box below!

Please feel free to share this with your friends and fellow dog owners! Thanks for reading and I hope you and your canine friend have an awesome day! -Sherry

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How to Keep Your Dog from Chewing Furniture

How To Stop Dog From Chewing Furniture

Tired of Your Dog Devouring Your Expensive Furniture?

5 Essential Steps to Stop Dog Chewing

Wondering how to get your dog from chewing on the furniture? Well, keep reading if you…

— find that you get home only to find your dog has been busy…while you were away, much to your horror, it was  busy chewing on everything in the house…again!

Your once beautiful wooden chairs have been gnawed on so much it looks like you have a pet beaver in your home, not a dog!

Not only that, but the soft, comfy couch you love to just sit back on and relax after a hard day’s work is on its way to becoming stuffing free!

Wow, now your couch is kinda like those dog toys with no stuffing inside!

This can be not only frustrating, but expensive!

Are you left wondering if there’s any possible way to stop this destructive behavior your dog has chosen as its favorite pastime while you’re gone?

It would be soooo much nicer to come home and not have to clean up the mess your mischievous canine friend has caused! I know, I’ve been in your chewed up shoes before…so, I thought I’d take the time to share what worked for my dogs.

(btw, the dog over there in the picture is one of our dogs…Jade.

She loves to chew, but she no longer chews on our furniture…or our shoes.)                   ⇓⇓⇓⇓

Okay, here they are:

Five Things You Can Do

Stop dog from chewing shoes

How to keep your dog from chewing furniture and not to mention your shoes…

  1. Give your dog something it CAN chew on!
  2. Exercise your dog
  3. Remove or put away things you don’t want your dog chewing on
  4. Make chewing on furniture an unpleasant experience
  5. Keep your dog in a crate

Here’s Something To Chew On!

Yes, even if you have an older dog it is important to have something that it can chew on! Not only puppies like to chew!

If you’re the proud owner of a puppy that’s still growing and possibly teething, it’s much more likely to happen, but some older dogs still love to chew on anything and everything they can get their paws on.

Usually an older dog doesn’t chew on things as much, but most of them do still like to chew on things, so give your dog something to chew on!

Otherwise, if it is home alone and bored, it just might start thinking that your furniture looks pretty darn good to gnaw on!

Tire ‘Em Out!

Exercising your dog or puppy is a great way to prevent a lot of behavior problems since it gets rid of some of that excess energy. Plus, it gets pretty boring if it’s just laying around the house all day or just left out in a small area in the back yard.

If the only time your dog gets out of the house is to go potty, don’t you think it’s getting sick and tired of seeing the same old scenery day in and day out? Why not take it out for a walk and a change of scenery for a bit? It’s a good way to keep both of you a little healthier!

Pick It Up!

Well, I have to say it… if you don’t want your dog chewing on things in your house, THEN PICK IT UP and PUT IT AWAY!

If it’s not laying around where the dog can get to it, then it won’t get chewed up, RIGHT?

That way you won’t get this look when you get home…(Click image to enlarge)How to Stop a Dog Chewing

What About The Furniture?

Well, the furniture is another story….you can’t possibly pick up all your furniture and put that away now, can you?

A Few Things You Can Try To Save Your Furniture

  • Products that make it unpleasant to chew on – there are many products out there that are made especially for this problem that are safe to use for your dog and your furniture. You can click the following link to check out my review of anti-chew sprays for dogs.
  • Keep your dog away from its favorite furniture to chew on – for example, if your dog is chewing only on one specific piece of furniture such as the kitchen chairs try keeping it out of the kitchen while you’re away. Although it may then start chewing on something else! There really is no guarantee, but it MAY work with some dogs. It all depends on how much your dog likes to chew and what its temperament is like.
  • Again, chew toys may work! Give it something it REALLY loves to chew on instead of your furniture!
  • Teach your dog it is wrong to chew on the furniture

When you’re home and you see your dog starting to nibble on the furniture, let it know it is doing something wrong.

Tell your dog a firm NO!  and, then give it a chew toy that it CAN chew on. This is positive reinforcement, it does work!

It may take awhile, but your dog will eventually learn that you do NOT want it chewing on the furniture.

How do I know it works? Well, because I have tried it…and if you have already read my home page, you should be able to tell I am not new to owning a dog…in fact, we’ve owned and trained quite a few and still do.

Get a Crate!

If you can’t completely trust your dog while you’re away from home,

the NUMBER ONE, BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE I CAN GIVE YOU is

CRATE TRAINING!!!

Sure, it’s nothing new and I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but it’s the

Safest and Most Effective Way

to keep your dog or pup from chewing on the furniture and whatever else it can get a hold of. So, if you do NOT trust your dog 100% at home alone, I would recommend getting a properly sized crate.

There are many crates available, some even look like and serve as furniture! Although I have never owned or used one of these, they do look really nice! Plus, these crates have a lot of good reviews by people like you who do own and use them for their dogs!

>>Click the following link to check one out at Amazon!  Merry Products Pet Cage with Crate Cover, Large<<

Let me tell you from experience, it will save you money in the long run! Until your dog is completely trustworthy not to chew on things it shouldn’t, a crate is the best way to keep your furniture safe!

…and no, your dog will not be sentenced to be behind bars forever! There does come a time when your dog learns between what is right to chew and wrong to chew.

Do you have any tips on how you can keep your dog from chewing furniture? Do you have a dog that is chewing up all your furniture and don’t know what to do? Let me know, maybe I can help.

Please feel free to share them in the comment box below. I’d love to hear ’em and I WILL get back to you!

Oh, and one more thing…

Please share this if you liked it, found it helpful, or know someone with a furniture destroyin’ dog… Thanks for reading! 🙂 -Sherry





Looking for Chew Toys for your Dog? Not sure what toys are the best?

You may also want to check out my page Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers. There, you’ll find the toys I recommend. I’m sure they’ll make both you and your dog happy!